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May 15, 2015 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. New Teacher Grants - Accepting Applications
  2. New Offerings Coming Soon!
  3. Local School Calendar Authority
  4. Exciting Opportunities
  5. Information from DPI

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New Teacher Grants - Accepting Applications

We are still accepting applications for the summer deadline for PENC New Teacher Grants! New Teacher Grants are available to members in their first three years of practice who demonstrate a need for instructional supplies. PENC will award sixteen $250 grants. Grant applications require teachers to make a proposal in 300 words or less, explaining how the $250 will be used for instructional materials that will have a direct impact on student learning. PENC encourages applicants to propose innovative ways to utilize instructional materials that actively engage students. Teachers from all areas of practice are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit Summer deadline is July 31, 2015.

New Offerings Coming Soon!

Beginning the 2015-2016 membership year, PENC will be expanding our offerings to members thanks to two exciting partnerships!

We have partnered with ExplorNet's Quality Teaching & Learning Centers to provide an array of workshops and tips for beginning teachers. Please keep an eye out on our website and in publications for more information.

PENC is also excited to announce our new partnership with NCCAT! We will be offering a new NCCAT "Subs On Us" Grant that will cover the cost of a substitute while you attend a program at one of NCCAT's facilities. More information will be available online this summer at

Local School Calendar Authority

We have partnered with L.O.C.A.L. (Let Our Calendar Authority be Local) in order to support local school calendar authority in North Carolina. 

With all of the weather related school closures over the past few months, it is a critical time to show your support! Please take a minute to check out their website to learn more and to sign the petition.


Exciting Opportunities

ELL Conference

The English Language Learners Conference is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro.  A draft agendas, registration, accommodations, and vendor information are available at

2015-16 CCIP Training

Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) training for the 2015-16 Consolidated Application will be held May 26 – 29 at the NCDPI in Raleigh from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Registration is first come-first served, but preference will be given to new Title I directors. Space is limited to 24 school districts/charter schools per session, with two representatives from each school district/charter school permitted to attend. Webinars are being scheduled to accommodate staff that cannot attend the in-person training. For more information, please visit

Send a Selfie

Calling all educators! Are you interested in being featured in ExplorNet's Centers for Quality Teaching & Learning June/July newsletter? Send a selfie with a book you will read this summer to [email protected]. Please include your name, title, school, any summer plans you would like to mention, and the name of the book. If you are not already subscribed to the newsletter, you may subscribe here.Submissions are due by May 29th.

New Summer Opportunities—Facilitated Online Courses

Looking for highquality professional development and the opportunity to interact with
peers? Summer is a great time to take online courses at your own pace. Below please find
the list of facilitated online courses offered this summer. Registration opens June 1 and
courses start Monday, June 22.

Course name

  • Digital Literacy in the Classroom (7 weeks) 1.5 CEUs
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 1 (5 weeks) 0.5 CEU
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 2 (7 weeks) 1.5 CEUs
  • Introduction to Data Literacy (5 weeks) 1 CEU
  • Data Literacy in Action (6 weeks) 1.5 CEU
  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning ( 4 weeks) 1 CEU
  • Universal Design for Learning: Part 2 (4 weeks): 1 CEU
  • Connecting with our 21 st Century Learners (5 weeks) 1 CEU
  • North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (6 weeks) 2 CEUs
  • Building and sustaining PD (6 weeks) 1 CEU
  • Responsibilities of the 21 st Century Educator (7 weeks) 1.0 CEUs

For a full description of the courses and associated CEUs click here.

These online courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be
facilitated by the NCDPI professionals. Participants are expected to meet all weekly
deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given.

Information from DPI

New Websites Sprout at NCDPI

DPI has launched a number of new websites in May, and encourage educators to visit them to see what’s new.

Cooperative Innovative High School Programs Cooperative Innovative High School Programs encourage school districts to partner with their local postsecondary educational institutions. These partnership programs are designed to establish high school programs that target first-generation college students and students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. Accelerated learning opportunities are also offered through these local partnerships.

Career and College Promise - This program allows eligible NC high school students to enroll in college classes at North Carolina community colleges and universities through their high school. Students who successfully complete college courses earn college credit they can take with them after graduation. Students also can earn dual credit - meeting high school graduation requirements with college courses. To learn more about the Career and College Promise Program, please visit

Division of Advanced Learning  Supporting the advanced learning needs of students across North Carolina is critical as the NCDPI and educators work to ensure that all students are career and college ready. The Division of Advanced Learning brings together various advanced programs at the NCDPI such as Academically or Intellectually Gifted, Career and College Promise and Cooperative Innovative High School.  

Deputy State Superintendent – Areas for the Deputy State Superintendent include Accountability Services, District Human Resources, District and School Transformation, Educator Effectiveness, Federal Monitoring and Support, K-3 Literacy, Office of Regional Support Services, Office of Early Learning and the state's Residential Schools. To learn about the initiatives from the Deputy State Superintendent’s Office, please visit

Give Five-Read Five Campaign Blooms as School Communities Share Efforts

The Give Five-Read Five campaign is in full swing with schools and businesses collecting books to share with students over summer break. Check out two new sections on the Give Five-Read Five website at to learn how schools and communities are working to promote summer reading and address summer learning loss.

High Five – You’ve been telling us the great things that you’re doing for the Give Five-Read Five campaign and we want to share it with others. The High Five page publicizes efforts by teachers, students, schools and local businesses to collect and distribute books to elementary school students.

Media – Media outlets in local communities are discovering that the Give Five-Read Five campaign is a great way to feature good things that are going on in schools. Check out the list of stories that have appeared in community newspapers and on television news programs.

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